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Victoria Riskin, Alan K. Rode, and William Wellman, Jr

Growing Up Hollywood: Alan K. Rode Interviews Victoria Riskin + William Wellman Jr.

Classic Movie Hub and the University Press of Kentucky, with co-host Citizen Screen, present the first event in the Screen Classics Discussion Series, ‘Growing Up Hollywood.’ Author Alan Rode (“Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film”) speaks with two children of Hollywood legends who are also successful biographers of their parents: Victoria Riskin, author of “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir, ” and William Wellman, Jr., the author of “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel.” Recorded April 5, 2021.

Kat Lively juxtaposed with Alan K. Rode

Calling Old Hollywood

Prolific podcaster Kat Lively interviews Alan K. Rode on Film Noir, his classic Hollywood family lineage, what it’s been like preserving classic Hollywood and films via his restoration and hosting endeavors, his Michael Curtiz biography, what it was like interviewing Kirk Douglas, and more. Recorded on February 19, 2021.

Alan K. Rode and Scott Eyman

Interview with Scott Eyman

Alan K. Rode interviews noted American author and former book editor and art critic of The Palm Beach Post, Scott Eyman. Recorded on December 12, 2020.

Victoria Mature and Alan K. Rode introduce THE LONG HAUL (1958) at NOIR CITY, Hollywood, March 11, 2020.

Kudos to Victoria for taking Jessica Cronn’s original video and creating a documentary featurette, “Growing up Mature.”

New Blu-ray® Classics with commentary by Alan K. Rode

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2021 – Schedule

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2021 – Schedule

The 2021 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival screening schedule is released! Please join Alan K. Rode and our special guests including NOIR ALLEY host Eddie Muller for our 21st year of cinematic dark delights in the desert!

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

Over the years, there have been numerous stories published or otherwise repeated about the production of Warner Bros, action film THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936).

These anecdotal accounts received additional heft in 1975 with the publication of David Niven’s memoir BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES.

Among other recollections, Niven wrote about director Michael Curtiz’s “carnage” of injured and dead horses caused by his ordering the use of a “Running W” or trip wire during action scenes that were supposedly filmed in Mexico.

Other versions included a fight between Errol Flynn and Curtiz that never occurred (There was a physical confrontation between both men that occurred six years later during DIVE BOMBER) reportedly caused by Flynn’s rage over the director’s alleged indifference to the welfare of animals with the number of horses crippled or killed during the making of the picture ranging from 20 to 100 or many more.

My research, based on studio production records, correspondence and legal files( including sworn affidavits and photographs) and other sources, revealed an accurate and less fabulist account of what occurred during production of the film.

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

TCM will be broadcasting NOAH’S ARK on April 4, 2018 that will commence a month long spotlight on the films of director Michael Curtiz. Here is some background on the making of the film adapted from MICHAEL CURTIZ A LIFE in FILM   Michael Curtiz signed a contract with...

New Blu-ray® Classics with commentary by Alan K. Rode

Live virtual presentation of MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM by Author Alan K. Rode held by the American Cinematheque. With Q&A moderated by Programmer Ryan Marker on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM PDT on zoom.

Also enjoy these follow-up Frequently Asked Questions answered by Alan K. Rode.


book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw